Ritchie County

Ritchie County, West Virginia

115 E Main St Rm 201
Harrisville, WV 26362
Phone: (304) 643-2164
Fax: (304) 643-2906

In north-central WV, east of Parkersburg; organized Feb 18, 1843 from Harrison, Lewis, and Wood counties. Name Origin: For Thomas Ritchie (1778-1854), newspaper owner and editor of the Richmond Enquirer (1804-45) and manager of the Washington, DC Union (1845-51).

Area (sq mi):: 453.58 (land 453.51; water 0.07) Population per square mile: 23.20
Population 2005: 10,540 State rank: 44 Population change: 2000-20005 1.90%; 1990-2000 1.10% Population 2000: 10,343 (White 98.30%; Black or African American 0.10%; Hispanic or Latino 0.50%; Asian 0.10%; Other 1.10%). Foreign born: 0.30%. Median age: 39.90
Income 2000: per capita $15,175; median household $27,332; Population below poverty level: 19.10% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $18,805-$20,210
Unemployment (2004): 6.60% Unemployment change (from 2000): -1.50% Median travel time to work: 32.90 minutes Working outside county of residence: 40.90%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Towers are designed to withstand winds far stronger than the almost 70 mph blasts that struck Ritchie County, W.Va., but three towers in a row running parallel to Route 50 north of Ellenboro collapsed, who were early victims of a storm that would devastate power delivery throughout the Mid-Atlantic, the paper said.
In the fourth quarter of 2008 the company plans to spend around USD11m on Appalachian Basin capital projects, including the drilling of one vertical test well in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, two horizontal wells in Wetzel County, West Virginia, one horizontal well in Lewis County, West Virginia, and two vertical wells in Ritchie County, West Virginia, of US.
Ritchie County (population 15,000) is working with its largest employer to survey housing needs and teach home ownership classes, as well as meeting with three other neighboring counties to work jointly on housing needs.
The gist of the piece was that the 27-year-old-a substitute teacher and assistant wrestling coach at Ritchie County High School-had been arrested for having sex with a 16-year-old student.
That sticky spider's web of relationships is just part of life in Ritchie County. One degree of separation is the rule.
Knight's specialty is writing what she calls "tearjerkers," but in Ritchie County, sad stories are different from those she covered at dailies in Parkersburg and Clarksburg, where she didn't know her subjects as well.
They fix address labels onto the papers and stuff them in mail bags, one for each village in Ritchie County, from Dutchman to Burnt House.
The 65-year-old Ritchie County native and local newsmonger is wearing a baseball cap emblazoned with the words "God Bless America." A fresh Ritchie Gazette is jammed in his back pocket.
Spellman and Knight couldn't cover Ritchie County without a strong network of informal sources.
The Appalachian Mountains presented a barrier to the westward spread of the raccoon-associated rabies variant; however, in 1997, a rabid raccoon was found in Ritchie County, one county east of the Ohio River.
The cities of Hinton, Richwood, Ridgeley, Morgantown, Martinsburg and Welch, as well as Ritchie County, attended the workshop in Charleston, W.Va., last month.